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OUR MISSION

The purpose of Big Hill Haven is to provide a  safe place for women with or without children, living with or leaving domestic violence. To empower them to rebuild their lives by providing essential support services and advocacy. We  will educate our community on understanding  the issues related to  conquering domestic violence in our community. 

MEET OUR BOARD

The Big Hill Haven Women's Shelter relies on a committed and diverse board of directors to help ensure the shelter continues to provide the best possible support, programs and services, while steering growth to meet future needs and empowering families.

Board members are involved in such areas as financial decision-making, strategic planning, policy setting and fund-raising. It’s rewarding work that makes a difference in the lives of women and children.

If you think you might like to join our board we’d love to hear from you.

2019  BOARD OF DIRECTORS

 

Ana Botelho - Co-Chair
Faith Brace - Co-Chair

Gretchen Albera - Vice Chair

Valerie Gilmore - Secretary

 

Margaret VanTighem - Past Chair

 

Jacquie Matechuk

Robin Mintyre

Laurel Skidmore

Debbie Leah

Joy Steppacher 

 

A resident of Cochrane for 15 years, Faith is an ordained minister associated with All Saints Anglican Church. She previously worked in a ministry to the poor in Edmonton's inner city, specifically with homeless and abused women. She is currently involved as a volunteer in several social justice projects

Faith Brace
 

CO-CHAIR
 

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Ana Botelho
 

CO-CHAIR
 

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Valerie Gilmore
 

SECRETARY
 

Robin Mcintyre
 

is a Calgary-based Criminal Defence lawyer, and a dedicated advocate. She received her undergraduate degree in Biological Science and her Juris Doctor from the University of Calgary. Robin currently volunteers for non-profit organizations with a focus on access to justice. Having been raised in Cochrane, she is invested in helping strengthen the community.

Margaret Van Tighem is a lifetime volunteer with extensive experience working with charities in the not for profit sector. She has served on various boards in the mental health, addictions and education field. Margaret is a third generation Albertan who received her B.A. in English from the University of Calgary. She is co-founder and Board Chair of the Cochrane Women's Emergency Shelter Society which operates under the name of Big Hill Haven.

PAST CHAIR / CO-FOUNDER
 

Margaret VanTighem

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Jacquie Matechuk
 

is a local business owner here in Cochrane and strong advocate of growing businesses built on corporate responsibility & ethics. With a background in business development & the opportunity to have  volunteered at the Children's Hospital, she understands the value and necessity for people to get involved in support programs. It is her passion to help grow a strong, nurturing community that can provide families a safe and loving environment in which to grow and flourish.

Gretchen Albers
 

VICE CHAIR
 

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Debbie Leah
 

Debbie is a local Realtor who has lived in Cochrane for over 20 years. She is actively involved in community programs and is proud supporter of the Royal LePage Shelter Foundation. Debbie feels no woman or child should ever be 'stuck' in a abusive relationship due to the lack of resources.

Laurel Skidmore
 

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Joy Steppacher
 

This Could be YOU
 

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Join Our Amazing Board
 

Ok fellas & ladies, are you looking for a way to put your business & personal skills to work? Are you someone who wants to make long lasting changes in your community and build a future that promotes a healthy and supportive environment that we can all grow and flourish?

We invite you to join us.  We are looking to expand our board as we embark on the next phase of building of Cochrane's first Women's Shelter,  Big Hill Haven. Simply complete our Board Application and submit it to join@bighillhaven.com 

Complete our Board application, submit via email to: join@bighillhaven.com and help make a positive difference in your community!

Links that we recommend are:

Cochrane Community Support Services: www.cochrane.ca/fcss 

Canada's Network of Women's Shelters and Transition Houses: http://www.Sheltersafe.ca

Victim Services: http://www.vsbgp.com

Stop Violence Against Women: http://www.stopvaw.org

Alberta Council of Women's Shelters: https://acws.ca/ 

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